Doane Posts Best Finish in Last Nine Years
The final standings of the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was released on Friday and Doane College, after a strong spring sports season, moved up 13 spots to finish 36th overall. Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) earned the top spot while Embry Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) was second.
Doane finished the 2010-11 season with 327.00 points after earning points in six sports. Institutions can earn points in up to 12 sports (6 men & 6 women) and by qualifying for nationals. If an institution earns points in more than 12 sports, their top 12 finishes (six of each gender) are calculated.
This past year, Doane earned points during the fall season as the volleyball team qualified for nationals and went 2-2 and won an NAIA Opening Round contest for the third straight year.
The Tigers added to their point total in the winter as the men's & women's indoor track and field teams scored. The Doane men placed 10th during the indoor season.
Doane totaled their highest season point total in the spring with 159.50 of their 327.00 points. The Tiger baseball team qualified for the NAIA Opening Round for the first time in school history and the men's outdoor track & field team earned runner-up honors, their highest finish in school history. Doane also received points in women's outdoor track & field.
The 36th place finish was an improvement over the past nine years. Doane's highest finish since the turn of the century was in 2002-03 when they placed 34th. There were 201 schools this past year that earned points in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.
About Learfield Sports: The 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches' shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit learfieldsports.com.